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Monday, September 30, 2013

Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations.

F. No. 2(54)/08-DPE (VC) –
Government of India
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
Department of Public Enterprises

Public Enterprises Bhawan,
Block 14, CGO Complex,
Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003.
Dated the 26th September, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: – Payment of DA to the CDA pattern employees of 69 CPSEs governed by HPPC recommendations.

The undersigned is directed to refer to para No. 2 and Annexure III to this Department’s O.M. dated 14.10.2008 wherein the rates of DA payable to the employees who are following CDA pattern has been indicated.

2.The DA payable to the employees may be enhanced form existing rate 80% to 90% with effect from 01.07.2013

3.The payment of Dearness Allowance involving fractions of 50 paise and above may be rounded off to the next higher rupee and the fractions of less than 50 paise may be ignored.

4.These rates are applicable in the case of CDA employees, whose pay have been revised with effect from 01.01.2006 as per DPE O.M. dated 14.10.2008.

5.All administrative Ministries/Departments of Government of India are requested to bring the foregoing to the notice of the Central Public Sector Enterprises under their administrative control for action at their end.

(Samsul Hague)
Under Secretary

Source: http://dpe.nic.in/sites/upload_files/dpe/files/glch04b141_26092013.pdf

Saturday, September 28, 2013

A DEMAND TO 7th CENTRAL PAY COMMISSION(CPC)-CHILD CARE LEAVE(CCL) FOR MALE GOVT EMPLOYEES-

We know that a lot of anomalies pending in front of National Anomaly Committee.Few of them were solved and remaining anomalies will be discussed in the next NAC  meeting.Even though central govt announced 7th CPC.It is a amicable news for CG employees.This is the time to speak out the problems we faced in 6th CPC through social media and blogs.Child Care Leave is one of the important issue to male central government employees.

To be in synchronised pattern with the Fastidious modern world and to fulfil a family's basic needs such as begetting good education for their child's fruitful future it becomes at most necessity that both the husband and wife should earn for their family.

The reality of high priced commodities which the common man can relish only in his dreams. The mountanious rise of land value which acts as a ardent barrier for fulfilling one own dream home,the dizziness caused by cost of rental houses and finally the enormous increase to gigantic proportion  of the fees paid to schools for getting a decent education to their children-These force and make it definite that both the life partners should earn to make both ends meet.

In this economic warfare the grave truth  is that the children who should be in the warmth and care of their parents spend and shove their time in the company of electronic gadgets

During important moments i.e  the childs ill health , the childs important examination days the 6th pay commission has paved way for the mother to be by the childs sideby, the introduction of the plan known as CCL it has been whole heartedly welcomed by one and all .

Having borne in its mind that todays childcare the sculptors of tomorrows modern india, the central government has given this CCL which is a formidable concession

Of the couples who got towork to earn their living ,those of them who are both central govt employees are very few.

In certain families the husband will be a central govt employee while the wife may work in a private firm.
In some others the husband may work in a private firm  while his spouse may work in a central govt institution

   For instance let us keep in mind that the husband is a central govt employee and his wife workes in a private institution  the critend is that they would not reap the beneath of CCL as it as certained only to the female central govt employee.

We are all very well aware that the children need the warmth and care of both parents in equal measures.If it is so why then the central govt has not alloted CCL for their male employees.

During pregnancy time the female central govt employee are given maternity leave On similar basis the male employees are given paternity leave.This seems to be acceptable to a certain extent.But [to say frankly] the allotment of CCL only to the female central govt employee is not acceptable.

It is the same payment for same work for both the female and male employees in a central govt institution.Similarly the concessions given should be in common for both of them.If a female employee is given two years CCL the male employee also can be given nearly the same if not equal.

There are grounds on which a male central govt employee loses his wife or he diverses why hasn't the govt not taken in to consideration the condition of their children.Henceforth ccl should be given to the male central govt employees though certain conditions can be imposed. Only then the reason for which this concession (ccl) has been introduced could be realised  to it full extent.
  
S.Ravi

Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks of Department of Posts under the purview of the proposed Seventh Pay Commission -NFPE

POSTAL JOINT COUNCIL OF ACTION
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF POSTAL EMPLOYEES
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001
FEDERATION OF NATIONAL POSTAL ORGANISATIONS
T-24, Atul Grove Road, New Delhi - 110001



Ref: JCA/GDS/2013                                                           Dated – 26.09.2013

To

Dr. Manmohan Singh
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
New Delhi – 110001

Sir,

Sub: -  Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks of Department of Posts under the purview of the proposed Seventh Pay Commission – regarding.

With due respect and regards, we put forth the following for your kind consideration and favourable decision please.

In the Department of Posts, the 50% of the total work force are called as Gramin Dak Sevaks and they are continuously being discriminated by separate committees formed for the consideration of their wages and service conditions.

The Supreme Court of India declared that these Gramin Dak Sevaks are holder of civil posts and it is a well settled law. Despite the judgment, the same civil servant status has not been accorded yet to them except a part in case of disciplinary proceedings.

The Fourth Central Pay Commission categorically emphasized that, the GDS issues shall be brought under the purview of Pay Commissions. But still separate committees are constituted.

The last committee constituted at the time of Sixth Central Pay Commission caused clear injustice to these employees and they are deprived all the service benefits at par with civil servants even though the law of the land declared and settled them as the holder of the civil posts.

Under these circumstances, we most humbly request the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to consider our request and cause orders to include the GDS of the Department of Posts under the terms of reference of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

With profound regards,

Yours sincerely,
(M. Krishnan)                                                                                      (D. Theagarajan)
Secretary General, NFPE                                                                     Secretary General, FNPO

Source:http://nfpe.blogspot.in/

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.07.2013.

Government of India
Ministry of Railways
(Railway Board)

S.No.PC-VI/ 325
No. PC-VI/2008/1/7/2/1
RBE No.98 /2013
New Delhi, dated 25.09.2013

The GMs/CAO(R),
All Indian Railways & Production Units
(as per mailing list)

Sub: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Railway employees — Revised rates effective from 01.07.2013.

Please refer to this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 26.04.2013 (S.No PC-VI/315, RBE No.38/2013) on the subject mentioned above. The President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Railway employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2013.

2. The provisions contained in Paras 3, 4 & 5 of this Ministry’s letter of even number dated 09.09.2008 (S.No.PC-VI/3, RBE No.106/2008) shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3. The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all railway employees. The arrears may be charged to the salary bill and no honorarium is payable for preparing separate bill for this purpose.

4. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of the Ministry of Railways.

Sd/-
(Vikram Gulati)
Director, Pay Commission II
Railway Board
Source:AIRF

Request declaration of Holiday (Vijaya Dashami) on 14.10.2013 in lieu of 13.10.2013 – case of Karnataka State.

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
(Central Head Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001


Ref: Confd./GENL/2013-14                                               Dated – 26.09.2013

To

Sri. V. Narayanasamy
Hon’ble Minister of State
Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
New Delhi - 110001

Sir,

Sub: -  Request declaration of Holiday on 14.10.2013 in lieu of 13.10.2013 – case of Karnataka State.

The main festival of Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) is being celebrated on 14.10.2013 in entire Karnataka State and the world famous Jambu Savari procession takes place on 14.10.2013 at Mysore. As the standard holidays for Vijaya Dashami has been declared on 13.10.2013 vide your office letter dated 05.06.2012, the C. G. Employees could not avail holiday on 14.10.2013, the real date of its celebration.

The optional holidays could not be exercised in the state on 14.10.2013, as they have already been exercised for Sankranthi, Ugadi & Ganesh Chatturthi as holidays by the CGEWCE, Karnataka. As such the only option available is to modify the holiday on 13.10.2013 as 14.10.2013 only in respect of Karnataka Circle.

As this is a main festival in respect of Karnataka Circle, it is requested to consider the option at the earliest.

A line in reply about the action taken is highly solicited.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,
(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

STRIKE BALLOT DEFERRED-CONFEDERATION

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
(Central Head Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi - 110001


CIRCULAR NO. 8/2013                                                                                      DATED – 28.09.2013

IMPORTANT CIRCULAR

CONFEDERATION NATIONAL SECRETARIAT WILL MEET ON 23.10.2013 TO DECIDE FUTURE COURSE OF ACTION
STRIKE BALLOT DEFERRED

Dear Comrades,

            The National Secretariat of the Confederation congratulate the affiliates and State Committees for the strenuous efforts put in by them to propagate and campaign amongst the mass of the employees of the need for an immediate wage revision and setting up of the 7th CPC and enlist the massive participation of the Central Govt. employees for a long drawn out struggle, which commenced in 2011 and the first phase of which was culminated on 12th December, 2012 in a one day strike action.  We are proud of the fact that our efforts has borne fruit  as the Government  had to announce the setting up of the 7th CPC  on 25th. Confederation, as you are aware, had always been in the forefront in formulating demands of the CGEs, presenting and articulating the issues in spearheading struggles and negotiating the demands to reach settlement.  This time also Confederation was the organization which raised the setting up of the 7th CPC and wage revision; demanded that the 7th CPC’s recommendation must be effective from 1.1.2011; insisting that the tenure of the recommendation of the 6th CPC must be ended on the expiry of the five years on par with the wage tenure of the Public Sector undertaking workers as early as in 2010.  It could justify the demands with facts and figures of the unprecedented erosion of the real value of the wages of the Central Government employees due to the high rate of inflation in the economy and shooting up of the prices of all essential commodities.  The campaign and propaganda unleashed by us together had its salutary impact on the thinking process of other sister organizations, compelled them to take note of the growing discontent amongst the rank and file of their membership and to realize the fact that the wage structure had become incapable of making both ends meet especially for those employees at the lower levels of the hierarchy. They had to perforce take up the issue of wage revision  and setting up the 7th CPC due to the ambience created by the Confederation and its affiliates by organizing series of struggles during  the period and at the same time spurning every of our attempt for a joint action. We are quite aware that sanctions cannot be generated without joint and united action of the workers.  This dichotomy practiced by the predominant organizations in the JCM inflicted irreparable damage to the cause of the Central Government  employees.

We are happy that the Government of India having realized that the large majority of the Central Government employees have become mentally attuned to the path of an inevitable struggle on wage revision  decided to avert a confrontation by announcing the setting up of the 7th CPC.   We must, however, realize that the decision of the Government  tantamount to a post dated cheque which is capable of encashment only after a long period of two and half years.  We must not take it lying down.  The agony and sufferings of the employees, especially those at the lower levels cannot be mitigated by promises and assurances.  There must be a rise in their emoluments to make them capable of meeting the ever increasing cost of essential needs.  The Government must be told categorically and compelled to agree for the merger of DA with pay; and interim relief, which had all along been the case ever since the advent of the system of Pay Commission for wage revision.  We must bring home the fact that there will be no question of any arrears arising from the recommendation of the 7th CPC as the Commission is mandated to make its recommendation before the crucial date of 1st January, 2016.

Even though, it is stated that the terms of reference would be finalized in consultation with all stake holders, the question of inclusion of GDS within the ambit of the Pay Commission, in all probabilities would be resisted by the Government. In the light of the passage of the PFRDA Bill in the Parliament, the Government might not agree to include the retirement benefits in the terms of reference.  This apart, the Government will now refer all pending matters, be it at the National Anomaly Committee, National Council or various Departmental Councils  or taken up through inter departmental references  to the 7th CPC.  In other words for the next two and half years none of the issues of the CGEs will be either discussed or settled.  We must not allow the Government to succeed in this nefarious objective.

We must note that the present announcement of setting up of the 7th CPC has also the hidden political agenda, for  many States including  Delhi  are to go to polls in the next few months.  The National Secretariat of the Confederation will meet on 23.10.2013 at Delhi. Formal notice is being sent separately. The Sectt. will decide upon the future course of action. In view of the present announcement of the Government setting up the 7th CPC it is necessary that we should defer the strike ballot decision, which is scheduled to be held on 11th to 13th November, 2013.  It is however, our considered opinion that unless we trade the path of struggle the demand for merger of DA with pay, date of effect, inclusion of GDS within the ambit of the 7th CPC and other issues in our charter of demands will not be settled at all.   The campaign chalked out must, therefore, be carried out with determination and understanding that we will succeed.   We request the leaders of the affiliates, State Committees and National Sectt. Members to ensure that the campaign programmes are implemented as planned.
With greetings,

Yours fraternally,
(K. K. N. Kutty)                                                                                                  (M. Krishnan)
President                                                                                                            Secretary General

Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Friday, September 27, 2013

Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2012-13.

No.7/24/2007/E III (A)
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
E III (A) Branch

New Delhi, the 27th September, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject : Grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (ad-hoc bonus) to Central Government Employees for the year 2012-13.

The undersigned is directed to convey the sanction of the President to the grant of Non-Productivity Linked Bonus (Ad-hoc Bonus) equivalent to 30 days emoluments for the accounting year 2012-13 to the Central Government employees in Groups 'C’ and 'D’ and all non-gazetted employees in Group 'B' who are not covered by any Productivity Linked Bonus Scheme. The calculation ceiling for payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders shall continue to be monthly emoluments of Rs. 3500/-, as hitherto. The payment of ad-hoc Bonus under these orders will also be admissible to the eligible employees of Central Para Military Forces and Armed Forces. The orders will be deemed to be extended to the employees of Union Territory Administration which follow the Central Government pattern of emoluments and are not covered by any other bonus or ex-gratia scheme.

2. The benefit will be admissible subject to the following terms and conditions:

(i) Only those employees who were in service as on 31.3.2013 and have rendered at least six months of continuous service during the year 2012-13 will be eligible for payment under these orders. Pro-rata payment will be admissible to the eligible employees for period of continuous service during the year from six months to a full year, the eligibility period being taken in terms of number of months of service (rounded off to the nearest number of months).

(ii) The quantum of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) will be worked out on the basis of average emoluments/calculation ceiling whichever is lower. To calculate Non-PLB (Ad-hoc bonus) for one day, the average emoluments in a year will be divided by 30.4 (average number of days in a month). This will thereafter be multiplied by the number of days of bonus granted. To illustrate, taking the calculation ceiling of monthly emoluments of Rs, 3500 (where actual average emoluments exceed Rs. 3500), Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) for thirty days would work out to Rs.3500x30/30.4 = Rs.3453.95 (rounded offto Rs.3454/-).

(iii) The casual labour who have worked in offices following a 6 days week for at least 240 days for each year for 3 years or more(206 days in each year for 3 years or more in the case of offices observIng 5 days week), will be eligible for this Non PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) Payment. The amount of Non-PLB (ad-hoc bonus) payable will be (Rs.1200x30/30.4 i.e.Rs.1184.21(rounded off to Rs,1184/-). In cases where the actual emoluments fall below Rs.1200/- p.m., the amount will be calculated on actual monthly emoluments.

(iv) All payments under these orders will be rounded off to the nearest rupee.

(v) The clarificatory orders issued vide this Ministry’s OM No.F.14(10)-E. Coord/88 dated 4.10.1988, as amended from time to time, would hold good.

3. The expenditure on this account will be debitable to the respective Heads to which the pay and allowances of these employees are debited.

4. The expenditure incurred on account of Non-PLB (Ad-hoc Bonus) is to be met from within the sanctioned budge provision of concerned Ministries/Departments for the current year.

5. In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders are issued in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

sd/-
(Amar Nath Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Govt of India

Source: www.finmin.nic.in
[http://finmin.nic.in/the_ministry/dept_expenditure/notification/bonus/bonus2013.pdf]

7th Pay panel formed, retirement age may go up 62 yrs

The award of the seventh pay commission will be implemented from the beginning of 2016 and will benefit nearly 3 million pensioners. But since state governments generally match central wages, the actual beneficiary list stands at over 11 million employees and pensioners.

 The national capital, home to a vast majority of central government employees, is headed for elections this November. And so are four other states, followed by the general elections sometime early next year. This, more than anything else, explains the central government's hurry to promise its employees higher wages.

The award of the seventh pay commission will be implemented from the beginning of 2016 and will benefit nearly 3 million pensioners. But since state governments generally match central wages, the actual beneficiary list stands at over 11 million employees and pensioners.

The fact that this award is one more in a long list of expenditure-heavy pre-election programmes, will mean several consequences for India's finances. Back of envelope calculations suggest that even if the increments in the 6th pay commission were to be matched, the centre's wage bill could rise by up to Rs 1 lakh crore in 2016.

But on the other hand, this payout will spark a surge in consumption starting that year. Why? The sixth pay commission award amounted to around 0.5 percent of GDP and a tidy sum was handed out as arrears in the start of 2008. That extra spending power meant that the ensuing slowdown was mitigated to some extent. This could play out again in 2016.

Meanwhile, CNBC TV18 learns that the proposal to extend the retirement age of central government employees by two years has received fresh impetus. A decision on this could be taken within a week or two, and would be the second major populist decision by the UPA to woo the urban middle class and the powerful government employee mass in Indian society.

Source:http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/7th-pay-panel-formed-retirement-age-may-go62-yrs_956487.html?utm_source=ref_article

Thursday, September 26, 2013

JOINT ACTION PROGRAMME OF THREE FEDERATIONS INDWF, AIDEF AND BPMS

ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
DECLARATION

A meeting of the THREE recognised Federations of Defence Civilian Employees took place on 19.09.2013 at Kolkatta.  The following were present:-

     1.    ALL INDIA DEFENCE EMPLOYEES FEDERATION
                    i.    Shri S.N.PATHAK         -           President
                  ii.    Shri C.SRIKUMAR       -           General Secretary

2.    INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
                    i.  Shri R.SRINIVASAN     -           General Secretary
                  ii.  Shri S.C.NAHA              -           Vice President

        3.    BHARATIYA PRATIRAKSHA MAZDOOR SANGH
                    i.    Shri V.L.NAWADE        -           Working President
                  ii.    Shri SADHU SINGH    -           Organising Secretary

The meeting noted with grave concern about the present situation in the Defence Industries of Government of India due to the Government policies such as DPP-2013 and also to allow FDI in Defence sector.  The Defence industry is under severe attack since through DPP-2013 the Defence sector is declared open to the private sector in the name of “Level Playing Field”.  Foreign Arms manufacturers will also have their share in the Defence Industry since already 26% FDI is allowed in Defence sector from 26% to 49% for state of art technology items.  These policies of Government of India will damage the existence and future of the Defence industries under the M of D.  The meeting noted with serious concern that there is no provision in the DPP 2013 to protect the interest of DRDO and Ordnance Factories.

            The meeting also noted with deep concern about the Parliament passing PFRDA bill, thereby handing over the pension of the new recruits under the control of market forces.  Pension is the right of the Government employees as per the Supreme Court judgements.  However, this right has been taken away by Government by introducing the New Pension Scheme (NPS) w.e.f. 01.01.2004 and also by passing Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill.  It is unfortunate that even a minimum guaranteed pension is not ensured for the employees in the NPS and PFRDA Bill.
The meeting also has taken a serious note of the outstanding issues of the Defence Civilian employees.  The efforts taken by the Federations to settle all these issues have not yielded any result.

 The demands, which Government has refused to, consider positively, employees have gone to Court of Law and they have achieved Judgements in their favour such as:
a)     Grand of MACP benefits in the Promotional Pay Hierarchy
b)     Revision of NDA in 5th/6th CPC pay scale
c)     Fitment in 6th CPC after placing the employees in the upgraded pre revised 5th CPC pay scale.
d)     Fitment in 6th CPC after placing the employees in the upgraded pre-revised 5th CPC Pay scale.
e)     Revision of Risk Allowance and inclusion of left out operations.
Apart from the above there are many issues of the Defence Civilian Employees remaining un-settled in spite of raising the issues in different forums.  Since none of these issues are settled the Federations are left with no option than to plunge into a series of agitational programme culminating in an indefinite STRIKE to achieve the following Charter of demands:

DEMANDS
1.   Withdraw DPP-2013, which is against the interest of DRDO and Ordnance Factories.
2.   No FDI in Defence Sector.
3.   No disturbance in the functioning of DRDO by implementing Prof.RamaRao Committee’s recommendations.
4. Arbitrary reduction of manpower in the Army units such as EME, Vehicle Depot Panagarh, etc should be withdrawn.
5.   No closure of Military Farms.
6.   Merger of DA with Basic Pay for all purposes.
7.   Immediate set up of 7th CPC.
8. Withdraw the New Pension Scheme and implement the Defined Pension Scheme for employees recruited after 01.01.2004.
9. Grant of Compassionate appointment to the wards of Defence Civilian Employees by removing the 5% ceiling.
10.Stop all types of Outsourcing/Contract and regularise all the existing Contract/Casual Workers.
11.  Fill up all the posts lying vacant in the Defence Establishments.
12.Grant of 3rd MACP in Grade Pay Rs.4600/- to the MCM and also the Industrial employees who got 2nd ACP in the pre-revised pay scale of Rs.5000 – 8000/-.
13.  No reduction of sanctioned strength of the Ordnance Factories based on ShriSourab Kumar Committee Report.
14.  Remove Bonus ceiling limit for number of days and also the payment-ceiling limit of Rs.3500/- for 30 days.
15.  Correlation of Piece Work Rates in the Ordnance Factories w.e.f. 01.01.2006 and also for grant of incentive to all left out categories including Examiners.
16.  Grant of Department OT wages to the Piece Workers of Ordnance Factories.
17.  Grant of 30 Days EL to the Industrial Employees of Ordnance Factories who have opted for leave under Factories Act.
18.  Trade Union Rights to the Chargeman category and also for employees working in Hospitals and Training Centers under MOD and also in those areas covered under SRO 17E.
19.  Grant of MACP benefits in the Promotional Hierarchy as decided by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.
20.  Revision of the rates of NDA and Risk Allowance, Risk Allowance may be granted to the left out organisations, left out categories and inclusion of new Risk Operations.
21.  Grant of PRIS to the DRDO Employees and also payment of OT Arrears.
22.  Completion of all Cadre Review proposals and issue of Government Orders in a time bound manner.
23.  Grant of CSD Canteen facilities to the retired Defence Civilian Employees.
24.  Revision of Fixed Medical Allowance to the Defence Civilian Employees.
25.  Arbitrary declaration of Ammunition Depots as war Establishment should be withdrawn.
The meeting has unanimously resolved to observe the following action programme in support of the above demands.
ACTION PROGRAMME
1.     Publication of the declaration jointly in local language on 12/11/2013
2.     Submission of the Charter of Demands to the Defence Secretary through proper channel by the affiliated union separately holding Joint demonstration during the meeting hours/Lunch hours on 19/11/2013
3.     Demands week from 09/12/2013 to 13/12/2013
a)     Publication of Poster/pamphlet 09/12/2013
b)     Gate Meeting on 10/12/2013
c)      Black Badge on 11/12/2013
d)     Morning demonstrations on 12/12/2013 & 13/12/2013
4.     Strike Ballot by AIDEF Union on 18/12/2013
5.     Strike Ballot by INDWF Union on 19/12/2013
6.     Strike Ballot by BPMS Union on 20/12/2013
7.     Meeting of the AIDEF, INDWF, BPMS to finalise the date of commencement of indefinite Strike to take place during January 2014.

          Sd/-                                                    Sd/-                                         Sd/-
   C.SRIKUMAR                               R.SRINIVASAN                   SADHU SINGH
General Secretary/AIDEF   General Secretary/INDWF          Orgn.Secretary/BPMS
                                                                                            For General Secretary
Source:http://www.indwf.blogspot.in/

Outcome of the discussions held in the OFB JCM III Level meeting (11th Term) held on 18/09/2013 at OFB HQrs

JCM III DGOF Council meeting steering committee points raised by INDWF
INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS FEDERATION
ESTD 1959 (recognised by govt of India)
R.SRINIVASAN
General Secretary                                                                                         Address:
Indian National Defence Workers Federation          No.6, 6th Street, Vaishnavi Nagar,
Member National Council JCM (Standing Committee)     RCC Post, Chennai- 600 109.
Secretary (Staff Side) Departmental Council JCM,
Ministry of Defence                                                      Tele fax: 044-26384152
Secretary (Staff Side) JCM III Level Council, O.F.Board.      Mobile: 09444125799
National Secretary, INTUC (Central)                          E-mail: indwfrsrinivasan@gmail.com

Vice President, INTUC Tamilnadu Branch

INDWF/JCM III /DGOF Council/2013                                    14.09.2013
To
All Affiliated Unions of INDWF
Ordnance Factories.

     Sub: Outcome of the discussions held in the OFB JCM III Level
                 meeting (11th Term) held on 18/09/2013 at OFB HQrs – Details.

Dear Colleague,

     Ordnance Factory Board JCM III Level Council 14th Steering Committee meeting (11th Term) held on 18/09/2013 at OFB Hqrs.  On 19/09/2013 a meeting on membership verification and sub-committee meeting on Rationalisation of Industrial Trades and on 20/09/2013 a meeting on improving the facilities at OFILs and Factory Training Schools were held.  Important issues were discussed and the outcome of the same is given below for your information which may be communicated to your union and members.

1.     PIECEWORK CORRELATION ON 6th CPC
The proposal for correlating on Rs.5200/- Pay Band and Rs.1900/- Grade Pay for all grades of Industrial Employees working on Piece Work was finally proposed and the same was re-submitted to Ministry of Defence and proposed to implement w.e.f. 01.01.2006 retrospectively.

2.  III MACP TO MCM
Granting of III MACP and allowing Rs.4600/- Grade Pay is being proposed to reduce to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay with one increment @ 3%.  All out efforts from Indian National Defence Workers Federation (INDWF), OFB and M of D were taken, and DOP&T also favourably recommended to Ministry of Finance for their approval, since the matter is forwarded favourable by M of D and DOP&T to grant Rs.4600/- Grade Pay to MCM, it was requested to OFB and PC of A (Fys) to keep the action pending to revert from Rs.4600/- Grade Pay to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay to the serving employees as the proposal is likely to be decided in our favour.  Also we have quoted that the CAT, Chandigarh and CAT, Kolkatta issued stay orders against the recovery.  Member (Pers) said that a DO with the approval of Chairman, OFB was sent to Member/Finance and PC of A (Fys) to keep the action pending.  This was agreed by the representative of PC of A (Fys) to consider the proposal for not effecting the reversion and recovery.
WE have also mentioned that the action taken by the Local Accounts Officers reverting to Rs.4200/- Grade Pay is not as per Rules.  Any reversion should be made with due notice of show cause and after obtaining the reply this should be considered.  Without show cause notice action taken to revert them is totally against the statutory provisions of the payment of wages act.  This was agreed by the representative of PC of A (Fys) and the proposed action for reversion will be kept in abeyance.

3.  CADRE REVIEW PROPOSALS
Clerical Cadre Review was cleared.
Supervisors Cadre Review was cleared.
The following proposals of cadre Review are pending with DOP&T
     i.        Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS)                    -           sent on 14.03.2011
     ii.        Multi-Tasking Staff (Durwans)              -           sent on 21.09.2011
    iii.        Fire Fighting Staff                                 -           sent on 03.11.2011
    iv.        Storekeeping staff                                -           sent on 26.06.2012
   v.        Statutory Canteen Staff                         -           sent on 11.09.2012

Sl.No iii., iv. &; v have been sent to Defence (Finance)
              Further cadre Review proposals on the following cadres are being prepared
                              i.    Para Medical Staff
                              ii.    For JWM
                             iii.    Stenographer Category

4.  RECRUITMENT RULES FOR THE FOLLOWING ARE UNDER PROGRESS
(i)            Chargeman(T) with a provision of 3% for each CMDs, Tracer and Data Entry Operators against 50% of Promotion Quota.  If sufficient numbers of candidates are not found eligible it will be given to Industrial Employees.  After the SRO is approved, CMDs, FEDs, AMDs will be considered for promotion to Chargeman against 3% Quota with Dovetail Seniority with reservation.
(ii)                Industrial Employees Recruitment Rules have been prepared in which it is proposed to appoint on Skilled Grade directly.

5.  LIMITED DEPARTMENTAL COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION AND ELIGIBILITY
Departmental candidates having requisite qualifications (Diploma or Degree) are eligible for appearing for the Test of Chargeman against 25% Quota.
The issue has arised that the eligibility of Diploma and Degree holders are being considered for Limited Departmental Competitive Examination.  Ordnance Factory Board had decided by appointing a Technical Committee which has recommended that Diploma approved by AICTE and Degree approved by University Grants Commission only eligible and the Diploma through part time is not considered eligible we have asked to give reply on this issue so that we shall challenge the same.

6.  30 DAYS EARNED LEAVE FOR PIECE WORKERS
The proposals for treating Piece workers and Day workers at par and the proposal for implementation of Departmental Leave Rules as existing in Railways under which         30 days Earned Leave can be granted.  This was proposed.  M of D agreed and final orders with retrospective effect is about to be cleared.

7.  DEPARTMENTAL OVERTIME WAGES FOR PIECE WORKERS
Piece Workers while on Working Holidays and Sundays they are denied single rate Overtime Allowance and they are only paid piece work but day workers are paid single rate Overtime, therefore the Piece workers are getting lesser pay than Day workers and Non-Industrial Employees.  This should be revised to make Piece workers paid equal at par with Day workers to motivate Piece workers while working on Holidays and Sundays.

8.  3 ¼ HOURS DOT FOR PIECE WORKERS PAYMENT
Piece Workers are denied 3 ¼ Hrs OT Pay on Saturdays.  This was taken up with  M of D separately.

9.  DGOF ELECTRICAL SUPERVIOSRY COMPETANCY CERTIFICATE
DGOF Electrical Supervisory Competency Certificate Test is conducted in Factories it should be held regularly.  Employees appearing for test should be given theoretical training in OFILs.  State Electricity Certificates upto 33KVA should be accepted.  This was agreed.

10.   EX-GRATIA PAYMENT Rs.10 LAKHS FOR DECEASED EMPLOYEES FAMILIES
Rs.10 lakhs payment for the deceased employees families who expired during factory accidents was cleared by M of D and orders are likely to be issued for 30 cases.

11.  RISK ALLOWANCE
Risk Allowance after 31.12.2005 to be extended to those who are left out.  From 01.01.2013, 25% to be increased.  Operations identified should be extended to the new Factories where it is not paid.

12.   DECLARING MASTERCRAFTSMAN AS GROUP ‘B’
It was agreed by Ordnance Factory Board in the last meeting to declare MCM as Group ‘B’, PC of A(Fys) wants this certificate so that MCM can be allowed to avail            LTC-80 to avail Airfare from nearest Airport and CGIES can be raised upto Rs.60,000/- by recovering Rs.60/- per month.
OFB Agreed

13.   MASTERCRAFTSMAN  PROMOTION
No DPC for MCM promotion only Departmental selection committee should be held twice in a year to clear the MCM promotions.  OFB agreed to issue instructions to Factories.

14. RELAXATION OF TRADE TEST FOR MACP TO LABOURERS
Agreed to give relaxation for Labourers for Trade Test to MACP

15. NIGHT DUTY ALLOWANCE ON 6th PAY COMMISSION RATES is being processed by submitting the financial implications.

16. LIMITED DEPARTMENTAL COMPETITIVE EXAMINATIONS
Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) Sheet will be followed from next year objective questions will be asked instead of subjective.

17. SENIORITY OF CHARGEMAN will be finalised soon.

18. SRO FOR CHARGEMAN will be sent to M of D very soon.  Incorporating 3% each for CMDs, Tracers and EDP Employees against 50% Promotion quota of Chargeman(T).

19. QUARTER ALLOTMENT RULES are under revision as per the Ministry of Urban development.

20. UNIFORMS TO EMPLOYEES   - The M of D order allowing clothing Factories to stitch the uniforms needs to deleted so that it can be given by factories for stitching through outsourcing.

21. HOSPITAL GROUP ‘D’ EMPLOYEES OT PAY UNDER FACTORIES ACT (DOUBLE RATE)
Masalchi, Dhobi, Barbar, Mali etc., are paid SLAB rate OT, since they become MTS.  They should be paid Double rate.  This demand will be sent to M of D for getting clearance.

22. FIXATION OF PAY FOR HS- I W.E.F. 01.01.2006
For this demand a comparative statement is asked to study and consider

23. For the year 2013-14 3631 posts were released for Industrial Employees Tradesman, 1235 posts of Non-Industrial Employees including Teachers and 1550 posts of Chargeman released for Direct Recruitment.

24. Limited Departmental Competitive Examination will be over by October and results will be released.

25. Extension period for giving option to those employees want revised option on their promotion after 01.01.2006 will be obtained from M of D
 Orderly
Duftry                    
Blue Printer
Record Supplier

Rs.1800/-  Grade Pay w.e.f. 01.01.2006  ACP – I
w.e.f. 01.01.2006 in the Grade Pay of Rs.2000/- w.e.f. 01.01.2006 
 ACP – II
w.e.f. 01.01.2006 Grade Pay of Rs.4200/- of D’man which later merged with Chargeman - I
 MACP –III
After completion of Regular Service 30 years w.e.f. 01.09.2008 to Rs.4600/- Grade Pay


THIS WAS AGREED
Sweeper
Jam Sweeper Dhobi, Masalchi,
Mali, Barber &
Bhisti etc., 
Merger of Pay in Grade Pay Rs.1800/-  w.e.f 01.01.2006  ACP – I
w.e.f. 01.01.2006 Grade Pay Rs.1900/- 
ACP – II
w.e.f. 01.01.2006 Grade Pay of Rs.2400/- 
 MACP –III
After completion of 30 years  of Regular Service w.e.f. 01.09.2008 to be granted Rs.2800/- Grade Pay

THIS WAS AGREE
27. On detailment of Escort Duty and Overtime Compensation, OF Board is preparing a detailed study and will be finalised soon.

   26. The Demand for granting ACP/MACP to the following categories as per     Hierarchy was raised by INDIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE WORKERS    FEDERATION

28. On the basis of Shri SourabKumar committee, it was demanded that the Tradesman promotions should be granted on grade wise and not on trade wise so that the seniors in each grade irrespective of the trade can get their promotions to avoid disparity.  This was discussed.  There was no consensus among the Federations.  This will be further negotiated.  Indian National Defence Workers Federation is for maintaining the Industrial Ratio within the Factory among all grades by maintaining a common seniority of Skilled, Highly Skilled II, Highly skilled I in each factory.

29. Membership Verification for seeking recognition to Unions will be conducted during June 2014 in all the Factories as was conducted during July 2007 through secret Ballot.

(R.SRINIVASAN)
General Secretary
INDWF

Source:http://www.indwf.blogspot.in/

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CONFEDERATION'S VIEW ON 7th CPC -PRESS STATEMENT

CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
(Central Head Quarters)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building, New Delhi - 110001

Dated – 25.09.2013
PRESS STATEMENT

Central Government has announced the constitution of 7th Central Pay Commission. Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has been raising this demand before the Government right from 2011 onwards and has conducted series of agitational programmes including Parliament March and one day nationwide strike on 12th December 2012.

While welcoming the decision of the Government, we are disappointed to note that our demand for five years wage revision w.e.f. 01.01.2011 and merger of DA has not been considered favourably by the Government. When the public sector employees are given five years wage revision and the erosion in real wages has reached an all time high due to steep price rise, grant of five year wage revision to Central Government employees is fully justified. Similarly every time the Government appointed pay commission merger of DA was also granted. This time Government has not acceded the demand for merger of DA with pay now. Thus by appointing pay commission employees will not be getting any financial benefit now. The demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the purview of the 7th CPC and grant of merger of DA to GDS is also pending.

In view of the above, the National Secretariat of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and workers urge upon the Government to consider the above demands also favourably failing which the confederation shall be constrained go for further agitational programmes.

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
Source:http://confederationhq.blogspot.in/

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2013.

No. 1-8/2013-E-II (B)
Government of India Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
North Block, New Delhi,
Dated: 25th September, 2013.

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Payment of Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees – Revised Rates effective from 1.7.2013.

     The undersigned is directed to refer to this Ministry’s Office Memorandum No. 1(2)/2013-E-II (B)  dated  25th April, 2013 on the subject mentioned above and to say that the President is pleased to decide that the Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees shall be enhanced from the existing rate of 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2013.

2     The provisions contained in paras 3, 4 and 5 of this Ministry’s O.M. No. 1 (3)/2008-E-II(B) dated 29th August, 2008 shall continue to be applicable while regulating Dearness Allowance under these orders.

3     The additional installment of Dearness Allowance payable under these orders shall be paid in cash to all Central Government employees.

4     These orders shall also apply to the civilian employees paid from the Defence Services Estimates and the expenditure will be chargeable to the relevant head of the Defence Services Estimates. In regard to Armed Forces personnel and Railway employees separate orders will be issued by the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Railways, respectively.

5     In so far as the persons serving in the Indian Audit and Accounts Department are concerned, these orders issue in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

6. The Hindi Version of this O.M is also issued.

Sd/-
(Kishori Raman Sharma)
Under Secretary to the Government of India

7th Pay Commission for central govt employees announced

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission, which is likely to impact at least 85 lakh central government employees and pensioners.

"Its (7th Pay Commission's) recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016," Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in a statement.

The setting up of the Commission comes ahead of the Assembly elections in five states this year and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission every 10 years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

The names of the chairperson and members, as well as the terms of reference, of the Pay Commission will be finalised and announced shortly, the Finance Minister added.

The recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission were implemented from January 1, 2006; fifth from January 1, 1996, and fourth from January 1, 1986.

There are at present around 50 lakh central government employees and 35 lakh pensioners, who stand to benefit from the recommendations from the Pay Commission.
Source:http://profit.ndtv.com/news/economy/article-7th-pay-commission-for-central-govt-employees-announced-327649

Cong welcomes constitution of 7th Pay Commission

Welcoming the constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, Congress on Wednesday recalled that the BJP-led NDA government had “rejected” the legitimate formation of the Sixth Pay Commission in 2003.

Party general secretary in-charge for Communication Ajay Maken’s tweets hailing the pay commission came soon after the government announced constitution of the Commission, which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.

“7th Pay Commission of Govt employees announced. Except for 6th Pay Commission all Pay commissions are set up in 3rd year of a decade....The government should attract best of talents as its employees. Pay Commissions help in attracting and also retaining best available talents,” Mr. Maken commented on the microblogging site Twitter.

He recalled that the NDA government had rejected the Sixth Pay Commission in 2003.

“NDA rejected the legitimate formation of 6th Pay Commission in 2003.Congress setup 6th Pay Commission in 2005, now again the 7th CPC in 2013,” Mr. Maken said.

Announcing the decision earlier, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said in a statement “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016”.

The setting up of the Commission, whose recommendations will benefit about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners, comes ahead of the Assembly elections in five states in November and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

The sixth Pay Commission was implemented from January 1, 2006, fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

Keywords: Seventh Pay Commission, Congress, constitution of 7th Pay commission, P. Chidambaram, Ajay Maken

Source:The Hindu

Government announces Seventh Pay Commission for central government employees

NEW DELHI: Ahead of elections, the government on Wednesday announced constitution of the Seventh Pay Commission, which will go into the salaries, allowances and pensions of about 80 lakh of its employees and pensioners.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the constitution of the 7th Pay Commission. Its recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from January 1, 2016", finance minister P Chidambaram said in a statement.

The setting up of the Commission, whose recommendations will benefit about 50 lakh central government employees, including those in defence and railways, and about 30 lakh pensioners, comes ahead of the assembly elections in 5 states in November and the general elections next year.

The government constitutes Pay Commission almost every ten years to revise the pay scales of its employees and often these are adopted by states after some modification.

As the Commission takes about two years to prepare its recommendations, the award of the seventh pay panel is likely to be implemented from January 1, 2016, Chidambaram said.

The Sixth Pay Commission was implemented from January 1, 2006, fifth from January 1, 1996 and fourth from January 1, 1986.

The names of the chairperson and members of the 7th Pay Commission and its terms of reference will be finalized shortly after consultation with major stakeholders, Chidambaram said.

Prime Minister Approves the Constitution of Seventh Central Pay Commission;

FM: Prime Minister Approves the Constitution of Seventh Central Pay Commission; Recommendations are Likely to be implemented with effect from 1st January, 2016
              The Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram in a statement said here today that the Prime Minister has approved the constitution of the Seventh Central Pay Commission.

            The fourth, fifth and sixth Central Pay Commissions’ recommendations were implemented as follows:

4th CPC                       1.1.1986
5th CPC                       1.1.1996
6th CPC                       1.1.2006

            The average time taken by a Pay Commission to submit its recommendations has been about two years.  Accordingly, allowing about two years for the 7th CPC to submit its report, the recommendations are likely to be implemented with effect from 1.1.2016.

            The names of the Chairperson and members as well as the terms of reference (ToR) of the 7th Pay Commission will be finalised and announced shortly after consultation with major stakeholders.

Source:pib

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PENSION BILL OR PENSIONLESS BILL?

Finally the ruling Congress party and the main opposition Party BJP joined together and passed the  Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill in the Parliament. In the year 1982 on 17th December, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice (s) Y. B. Chandrachud, V. D. Tulzapurkar, O. Chinnappa Reddy. D. A. Desai and Bahrul Islam deliverd the historic judgment on pension in the D. S. Nakara case, which declared as follows:

“(i) Pension is neither a bounty nor a matter of grace depending upon the sweet will of the employer and it is Fundamental right (ii) Pension is not an ex-gratia payment, but it is payment for past service rendered (iii) It is a social welfare measure rendering socio-economic justice to those who in the heyday of their life ceaselessly toiled for the employer on an assurance that in their old age they would not be left in lurch.”

After 30 years, the bill passed by Parliament categorically proclaims that the Contributory Pension Scheme introduced w.e.f 01.01.2004 will not give any guarantee for a minimum pension of 50% of the pay drawn at the time of retirement of the employee. Nor does it provide for the protection of the family members in the form of family pension in the event of death. New pension is going to make the social security uncertain and dependent on market forces. Government compulsorily imposed the scheme on one section of the employees in a most discriminatory manner, inspite of the fact that such scheme had been a failure in many countries including Chile, U K and even in USA. In USA the entire pension wealth (fund) has been wiped out leaving no pension due to the economic recession and share market crash. In Argentine the contributory scheme which was introduced at the instance of IMF was replaced with the defined benefit pension scheme. In majority of the countries “pay as you go” is the system of pension.

Government introduced the contributory pension scheme on the specious plea that the out flow on pension had been increasing year by year and is likely to cross the wage bill. In fact, by making the pension contributory, the Government expenditure on this score is not going to get reduced for the next three decades because of the reason that as per the new pension scheme, the Government is to contribute the same amount to the pension fund of each employee coupled with the stipulation that for the existing Central Government Employees who were in service prior to 01.01.2004 Government is duty bound to make payment of statutory pension. The Contribution collected from the employees who are recruited after 01.01.2004 is to be managed by mutual fund operators for investment in stock market and thus it is the vagaries of the stock market which will determine the quantum of pension or in other words annuity which would be cost-indexed and market-oriented.

The decision of the Government to allow FDI in pension fund operations has made the real intention of the PFRDA bill crystal clear. It is now clear that the decision behind the contributory pension scheme is the pressure imposed by imperialist powers and corporate houses and more specifically IMF.

NFPE and Confederation has opposed the new Pension Scheme and the PFRDA Bill from the very beginning and organized series of agitational programmes against it demanding withdrawal of the scheme and the PFRDA bill. We shall continue our opposition and struggle and demand for reversion of the scheme. Let us intensify our struggle against the neo-liberal economic policies of the Government jointly with all those forces which supported our cause inside the Parliament and outside. Let us identify who are our real friends and foes.

Source:Confederation

Enhancement of ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia bonus payable to Gramin Dak Sevaks

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Department of Posts to enhance the ceiling for calculation of ex-gratia bonus payable to Gramin Dak Sevaks from Rs. 2,500/- to Rs.3,500/- same as that prescribed for the regular departmental employees. The decision would be applicable with prospective effect that is from the accounting year 2012-13 payable in 2013-14.

The increase in bonus calculation ceiling will restore the long established parity between regular departmental employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks on the issue of payment of bonus. This decision will benefit 2.63 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks working in the Department of Posts, who play a very vital role in providing postal, financial and insurance services in the rural, hilly and tribal areas of the country.

Source:pib

Monday, September 23, 2013

Defence Pension Adalat at Jamshedpur on 29th and 30 th October, 2013

As per the Annual action Plan of Controller General of Defence Accounts, New Delhi in consultation with the Ministry of Defence, the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions) Allahabad will be organising the 119th Defence Pension Adalat at Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) on 29th and 30 th October, 2013 for redressal of grievances of Defence pensioners including Defence Civilians drawing pension through PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS, TOs’ and DPDOs in the State of Jharkhand and adjoining areas.

Objective
Any Defence Pensioners / Defence Family Pensioners / Defence Civilian and their families having any specific grievances relating to sanction or disbursement of Defence pension are requested to submit their representation, in writing, in duplicate to :

Sri K D S Parmar,
Pension Adalat Officer
O/o Principal CDA (Pensions),
Draupadi Ghat,
Allahabad-211014

A format of the representation is given on this website. Applicants are advised to apply as per the format, for easy processing of their applications.

Kindly Note
Applications can either be sent by post or by E-Mail
Two copies of the applications should be sent
Photocopies of Pension payment order, Corr PPO, discharge certificate (wherever required) and other documents must be enclosed
Each application will be allotted a unique Adalat Registration Number. The same should be quoted in all future correspondence.
Individual call letters notifying the date and venue of the Adalat will be sent in due course
Incomplete and unsigned representations will be rejected.
The Date of the Pension Adalat on dt 29 th & 30th Octobar, 2013 at Tulsi Bhavan, Near Gopal Maidan, Bishtapur, Jamshedpur (Jharkhand).

TA/DA will not be reimbursed to pensioners/individuals attending the Adalat for redressal of their pension related problems.

Source :http://pcdapension.nic.in/pa/
[http://pcdapension.nic.in/pa/]

8.5 per cent on PF deposits expected, EPFO board meeting likely on October 4

SUMMARY
Preliminary estimates indicate that payment of 8.5% rate of interest will leave no deficit for EPFO.
The reconstituted EPFO's Central Board of Trustees (CBT), which has to take a call on interest rate on PF deposits for the current fiscal, is likely to hold its first meeting on October 4.

The meeting of the CBT headed by the Labour Minister is likely to be called on October 4 for reconstituting EPFO's sub-panels like its advisory body Finance and Investment Committee (FIC), an Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) official said.

As per the practice, FIC vets financial proposals of EPFO and puts those before the CBT for a final call. The committee is supposed to vet and put forward the proposal for providing a rate of interest on PF deposits every year.

EPFO could not announce the interest rate on PF deposits for the current fiscal as the FIC is yet to be constituted after the CBT was reconstituted in June.

The sub-panels like FIC were dissolved after CBT was formed again in June. Once FIC is reconstituted, the EPFO would provide official estimates to it for vetting and putting forward its view before CBT for taking final call.

According to sources, EPFO is likely to announce an interest rate of 8.5 per cent on PF deposits for 2013-14 to its over five crore subscribers, the same as provided for last fiscal.

The preliminary estimates indicate that the payment of 8.5 per cent rate of interest will leave no deficit for EPFO and could rather leave some surplus for the body.

EPFO paid 8.5 per cent interest rate to its subscribers in 2012-13, which was higher than 8.25 provided in the 2011-12 fiscal.

Source:Financialexpress
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Submission of Form 14 by the spouse to the pension disbursing bank after the death of the pensioner - DOPT

No.1/27/2011-P&PW(E)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. & Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners' Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhawan,
Khan Market, New Delhi
Dated: 20th September, 2013
OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Submission of Form 14 by the spouse to the pension disbursing bank after the death of the pensioner - instructions reg.

The undersigned is directed to draw attention to the requirement of applying for family pension in Form 14 as given in rule 81 (2) (A) (ii) of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

2. This Department has been receiving representations from various quarters to do away with the condition of applying for family pension in Form 14 as it is causing inconvenience to widows, who find it difficult and embarrassing to present themselves before two Gazetted Officers/persons of repute
 for attestation of Form 14.

3. Before commencement of family pension, personal identification details of the spouse such as specimen signature, personal mark of identification and left hand thumb impression, proof of age/date of birth of spouse and an undertaking from him/her for recovery of excess payment are to be obtained by the bank. Form 14
serves as a standard processing sheet, which defines and delineates the exact requirement of information to be given to the pension disbursing Bank. It was apprehended that in the absence of this standard, the widows may be asked to submit any relevant or irrelevant information by the bank. This could also lead to delay in commencement of the family pension.

4. The matter has been examined and it has been agreed that in case the pensioner and spouse are holding a joint account, the possibility of claim for family pension from someone else does not arise. Therefore, in such cases, there is no requirement of Form 14. The spouse may inform the Bank of death of the pensioner
and request the bank for commencement of family pension, through a simple letter.
He/she may enclose a copy of death certificate of pensioner, PPO, proof of his/her own age/date of birth and an undertaking for recovery of excess payment. In other cases, i.e., where the pension is not being credited to the joint bank account of the pensioner and hislher spouse, Form 14 will be continued to be obtained by the banks.
However, the condition of attestation of Form 14 has been done away with and witnessing by two persons has been considered as sufficient.

5. For all future cases, Head of Office will forward to the PAO, along with similar details for the pensioner, the specimen signature, personal mark of identification, left hand thumb impression, the proof of age/date of birth and an undertaking from the spouse regarding recovery of excess payment. After the death of
the pensioner, the spouse of the deceased pensioner will be required to provide only death certificate to the paying bank, who will identify the spouse based on theinformation given in the PPO and its own "Know Your Customer" procedures. Where the pensioner and hislher spouse do not have a joint account, Form 14 will be required as in para 4 above.

6. This issues with the concurrence of Department of Expenditure, vide their ID No. 601lE.V/2013, dated 13.09.2013.

(D.K. Solanki)
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Ph: 24644632

Friday, September 20, 2013

CABINET APPROVED DUE OF DEARNESS ALLOWANCE (DA)AND DEARNESS RELIEF(DR) HIKE TO CENTRAL GOVT EMPLOYEES FROM JULY 2013 (1/7/2013)

Release of additional installment of dearness allowance to Central Government employees and dearness relief to Pensioners, due from 1.7.2013

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners with effect from 01.07.2013, in cash, at the rate of 10 per cent increase over the existing rate of 80 per cent.

Hence, the Central Government employees as well as the pensioners are entitled for DA/DR at the rate of 90 per cent of the basic with effect from 01.07.2013. The increase is in accordance with the accepted formula based on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be of the order of Rs. 10879.60 crore per annum and Rs. 7253.10 crore in the financial year 2013-14 ( i.e. for a period of 8 month from July, 2013 to February 2014).
Source:pib

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Model Recruitment Rules for the various posts in Official Language Cadre for Subordinate Offices

No. AB-14017/46/2011-Estt (RR)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions
Department of Personnel and Training
New Delhi

Dated the 19th September , 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject: Model Recruitment Rules for the various posts in Official Language Cadre for Subordinate Offices.

The Model RRs for the posts of Hindi Officer, Senior Translator and Junior Hindi Translator in OL cadre issued by this Department have been reviewed in the light of 6th CPC recommendations.

2. After 6th CPC, Department of Expenditure in their OM dated 24.11.2008 and 27.11.2008 have clarified that similarly designated posts existing outside the Central Secretariat Official Language Service (CSOLS) Cadre in various subordinate officers of the Central Government have been granted the same pay scale as granted to CSOLS. The designation with pay scale for various posts in OL Cadre in the subordinate offices shall be as below.

Sr. No.   Designation Pay Scale 
 1  Jr.Translator  PB-2 GP Rs.4200
 2  Sr.Translator  P3-2 GP Rs.4600
 3  Asstt.Director(OL)  PB-3 GP Rs.5400
 4  Dy. Director (OL  PB-3 GP Rs.6600
 5  Jt.Director (OL)  PB-3GP Rs.7600
 6  Director (OL)  PB-4 OP Rs.8700

Accordingly, the revised Model Recruitment Rules for the same are enclosed as Annexure to this Office Memorandum.

2. Ministries / Departments may review the existing rules and notify the revised rules conforming to the Model Recruitment Rules. These may also be forwarded to all autonomous/ statutory bodies for adoption. The Ministry of Home Affairs is also requested to forward these Model RRs to the UT Administrations for appropriate action.

3.Hindi version will fallow.

Sd/-
(Mukta Goel)
Director (Estt.I)

source : www.persmin.nic.in

Cut in Non-Plan expenditure:Purchase of vehicles:Domestic and Foreign Travel:Creation of Posts-Expenditure Management by FINMIN

No.7(2)1E.Coord/2013
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
New Delhi, the 18th September, 2013 
OFFICE MEMORANDUM 

Sub: Expenditure Management - Economy Measures and Rationalization of Expenditure.

Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has been issuing austerity instructions from time to time with a view to containing non- developmental expenditure and releasing additional resources for priority schemes. The last set of instructions was issued on 31st May 2012, 1st November 2012 and 14th November 2012. Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the Government. In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalize expenditure and optimize available resources. With this objective, the following measures for fiscal prudence and economy will come into immediate effect:-

2.1 Cut in Non-Plan expenditure:
For the year 2013-2014, every Ministry/Department shall effect a mandatory 10% cut in non-Plan expenditure excluding interest payment, repayment of debt, Defence capital, salaries, pension and the Finance Commission grants to the States. No re-appropriation of funds to augment the Non-Plan heads of expenditure on which cuts have been imposed, shall be allowed during the current fiscal year.

2.2 Seminars and Conferences:
(i) Utmost economy shall be observed in organizing conferences/
Seminars/workshops. Only such conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
which are absolutely essential, should be held wherein also a 10% cut on
budgetary allocations shall be effected.
(ii) Holding of exhibitions/seminars/conferences abroad is strongly discouraged except in the case of exhibitions for trade promotion.
(iii) There will be a ban on holding of meetings and conferences at five star hotels.

2.3 Purchase of vehicles:
Purchase of vehicles is banned until further orders, except against condemned vehicles.

2.4 Domestic and Foreign Travel:
(i) All officers are to travel in economy class only for domestic travel, except officers in the Apex Scale who may travel in executive class. Officers may travel by entitled class for international travel, however officers in Apex scale may travel only by business class. In all cases of air travel, only the lowest fare air tickets of the entitled class are to be purchased/ procured. No companion free ticket on domestic/ international travel is to be availed of. The existing instructions regarding travel on Leave Travel Concession (LTC) would continue.
(ii) It would be the responsibility of the Secretary of each Ministry/Department to ensure that foreign travel is restricted to most necessary and unavoidable official engagements based on functional necessity, and that extant instructions are strictly followed.
(hi) Where travel is unavoidable, it will be ensured that officers of the appropriate level dealing with the subject are sponsored instead of those at higher levels. The size of the delegation and the duration of visit will be kept to the absolute minimum.
(iv) Proposals for participation in study tours, workshops/ conferences/ seminars/presentation of papers abroad at Government cost will not be entertained except those that are fully funded by sponsoring agencies.
(v) Travel expenditure (including FTE) should be so regulated as to ensure that each Ministry remains within the allocated budget for the same. Re- appropriation proposals on this account would not be approved.

2.5 Creation of Posts:
(i) There will be a total ban on creation of Plan and Non-Plan posts.
(ii) Posts that have remained vacant for more than a year are not to be revived except under very rare and unavoidable circumstances and after seeking clearance of Department of Expenditure.

3. Observance of discipline in fiscal transfers to States, Public Sector Undertakings and Autonomous Bodies at Central/State/Local level:

3.1 Release of Grant-in-aid shall be strictly as per provisions contained in GFRs and in Department of Expenditure's OM No.7(1)/E.Coord/2012, dated 14.11.2012.
3.2 Ministries/Departments shall not transfer funds under any Plan schemes in relaxation of conditions attached to such transfers (such as matching funding).
3.3 The State Governments are required to furnish monthly returns of Plan expenditure — Central, Centrally Sponsored or State Plan — to respective Ministries/Departments along with a report on amounts outstanding in their Public Account in respect of Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. This requirement may be scrupulously enforced.
3.4 The Chief Controller of Accounts must ensure compliance with the above as part of pre-payment scrutiny.

4. Balanced Pace of Expenditure:
4.1 As per extant instructions, not more than one-third (33%) of the Budget Estimates may be spent in the last quarter of the financial year. Besides, the stipulation that during the month of March the expenditure should be limited to 15% of the Budget Estimates is reiterated. It may be emphasized here that the restriction of 33% and 15% expenditure ceiling is to be enforced both scheme-wise as well as for the Demands for Grant as a whole, subject to RE ceilings. Ministries/ Departments which are covered by the Monthly Expenditure Plan (MEP) may ensure that the MEP is followed strictly.

4.2 It is also considered desirable that in the last month of the year payments may be made only for the goods and services actually procured and for reimbursement of expenditure already incurred. Hence, no amount should be released in advance (in the last month) with the exception of the following:
(i) Advance payments to contractors under terms of duly executed contracts so that Government would not renege on its legal or contractual obligations.
(ii) Any loans or advances to Government servants etc. or private individuals as a measure of relief and rehabilitation as per service conditions or on compassionate grounds.
(iii) Any other exceptional case with the approval of the Financial Advisor. However, a list of such cases may be sent by the FA to the Department of Expenditure by 30th April of the following year for information.

4.3 Rush of expenditure on procurement should be avoided during the last quarter of the fiscal year and in particular the last month of the year so as to ensure that all procedures are complied with and there is no infructuous or wasteful expenditure. FA's are advised to specially monitor this aspect during their reviews.

5. No fresh financial commitments should be made on items which are not provided for in the budget approved by Parliament.

6. The instructions would also be applicable to autonomous bodies.

7. Compliance
Secretaries of the Ministries/Departments being the Chief Accounting Authorities as per Rule 64 of GFR shall be fully charged with the responsibility of ensuring compliance of the measures outlined above. Financial Advisors shall assist the respective Departments in securing compliance with these measures and also submit an overall report to the Minister-in-Charge and to the Ministry of Finance on a quarterly basis regarding various actions taken on these measures/guidelines.
 
Sd/-
( R.S.Gujral ) 
Finance Secretary

Source:www.finmin.nic.in


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Problems faced by Small Savings Agents.

SB ORDER NO. 11/2013 
F.No.107-02/2007-SB
Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg, 
New Delhi-110001. 
Date: 16.09.2013
To
All Heads of Circles/Regions
Add I. Director General, APS, New Delhi.

Subject:- Problems faced by Small Savings Agents.

Sir / Madam,

The undersigned is directed to say that this office is receiving representations from various Small Savings Agents Associations/Federations highlighting the problems faced by their members. Some of the common problems highlighted are given below:-

(i) Forcing agents to open accounts of small amount in the name of single depositor and issuing of single Passbook against multiple accounts.
(ii) Non issue of TDS certificate in Form 16A as per Income Tax Rules resulting in non refund of Income Tax by IT Authorities to agents.
(iii) Forcing MPKBY agents to deposit RD installments only by the date on which RD account was opened.

2. It is requested that any practice as mentioned at point (i) if followed by any post office, should immediately be stopped. As regards point no.(ii), please refer to this office SB Order 10/2013 vide which it is further reiterated that TDS Certificate in Form16A should be generated from TRACES Portal after filing eTDS Quarterly return and delivered to the POSB customers as well as agents on quarterly basis.

3. For accepting of RD Deposits from MPKBY Agents, it is requested that as per latest orders issued by Min. of Finance, RD Deposits can be accepted up to 15th of a subsequent month in case RD account is opened between 1st to 15th and up to last working day of subsequent month if RD account is opened between 16th and the last working day. This may kindly be reiterated to the field units. However, MPKBY Agents should be convinced not to present all their business in the last week/day of the prescribed last dates and split the business in such a manner so that posting can be done on the day of presentation itself. Additional staff may be deployed to help RD Counters in bigger offices during peak days to complete posting of RD Lots. In view of the readiness of data for migration to CBS, it should be ensured that no RD LOT, once accepted should be kept pending for posting.

4. This may kindly be circulated to all field units for guidance and necessary action. This issues with the approval of DDG(FS).
Yours faithfully,

sd/-
(Kawal Jit Singh) 
AD (SB-II) 

Source: India post

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Centre set to hike DA of govt employess by 10%

Ahead of the festive season, the UPA government is set to hike the dearness allowance (DA) of its employees by 10%, a move that will benefit almost 8 million people by boosting their purchasing power.

The Union cabinet will consider a proposal on the raising the allowance, which is a proportion of basic pay, at its meeting on Friday.

In what can be seen as major sop for a large section of aam aadmi, this will be the second DA hike in a financial year. More importantly, also ahead of the 2014 general elections.

The Centre’s decision will not only directly benefit 5 million employees and 3 million pensioners, but also help infuse more money into the economy.

Top government sources said the new DA rates would be applicable from July 1.

The sources further said the exact amount of DA, as a proportion of basic pay, works out to over 90% after factoring in the revised All-India Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) for June.

According to revised data released on August 30, retail inflation for factory workers for June stood at 11.63%, higher than the provisional estimate of 11.06% for the month released on July 31.

The double-digit hike in DA would come after three years. It was last in September, 2010, that the government had announced a hike of 10%.

The DA was hiked to 80% from 72% in April 2013, effective from January 1, this year.

As per practice, the government uses CPI-IW data for past 12 months or a year to arrive at a number for the purpose of any DA hike. Thus, the retail inflation for industrial workers between July 2012 and June 2013 will be used to take a final decision.

(With inputs from PTI)
Courtesy:Hindustan times

Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to Railway employees for the year 2012- 13-AIRF-NFIR

No.A1RF1387/13/ NFIR/1/l0/Pt.IV  
                                            Dated: 17/09/2013
The Chairman,
Railway Board,
Rail Bhavan,
New Delhi

Dear Sir,

Sub:- Payment of Productivity Linked Bonus to Railway employees for the year 2012- 13—reg.
The Railway Board are aware that due to the continued initiatives of both the Federations involving all categories of employees, the efficiency of the Indian Railways has been improving from year to year. It is worth-mentioning that over three decades, not a single man day was lost and this has been possible due to the matured approach on the part of the two major railwaymen’s Federations.

2. Last year, the railway employees have been paid PL Bonus equivalent to 78 days wages with notional calculation at Rs. 3500/- p.m. On comparison with the performance of the year 2011- 12, the Indian Railways have achieved still better results during the year 2012-13 with the freight traffic exceeding one Billion Tonnes, and emerging as 4th best Railways in the World. Due to the dedication of railway employees, the Operating Ratio of 88.8% could be achieved during the year 2012-13.

3. The Federations are however shocked to note that the PL Bonus days are proposed to be reduced in the name of “Capital Weightage and modified Staff Strength”. This news has spread to the different corners of Indian Railways, consequently disappointment and anger is growing among rank and file of the Railway employees. In fact, Railway employees are expecting more bonus this time than the previous year in view of good results achieved during the year 2012-13.

4. During discussions with the Railway Board (CRB, FC & MS) on 16th September, 2013 the leaders of the two Federations (AIRF and NFIR) have conveyed the hurt feelings of workers on the proposed reduction of PL Bonus and urged upon the Board to take note of the serious field situation, It was also made clear that the Federations are not in a position to accept any reduction in PLB days.

5. It is also relevant to mention that the PL Bonus Scheme was evolved in the year 1979 for providing substantial motivation to the workforce towards achieving higher production by way of increased output and improved quality of service. The railwaymen/women have given best account of themselves during the year 2012-13, consequently the freight performance was highest ever and equally the Operating Ratio was good. In view of this, the Railway employees cannot afford to accept any reduction in the PL Bonus days. They, in fact, expect more Bonus this time.

6. We, therefore, appeal that Railway Ministry should take initiative for ensuring payment of PL Bonus more than the previous year in order to create motivation among the Railway employees.

The infirmities in the present calculation formula are required to be reviewed through negotiations later on and for reaching consensus, the Federations will participate in the discussions with open- mindedness.

Summing up, the Federations trust that the Railway Ministry would solve the matter satisfactorily for preserving the decades long industrial peace and preventing agitation in the Railways.

Yours faithfully,
sd/-
(Shiva Gopal Mishra)
General Secretary/AIRF
sd/-
(M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary/NFIR
Source :AIRF

Option to defer Annuity purchase under NPS at the time of exit-PFRDA

PENSION FUND REGULATORY AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
PFRDA/ 2013/14/ PDEX /9
September 17, 2013
To,
All Govt depts./PAO’s/DDO/ POP’s, CRA & other stakeholders

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Sub: Option to defer Annuity purchase under NPS at the time of exit
As per the Exit guidelines of PFRDA for National Pension System (NPS) subscribers, a ubscriber on attaining the Normal Retirement Age (applicable to Govt. sector subscribers) or upon attaining 60 years – is required to compulsorily annuitize at least 40% of your pension wealth and the remaining 60% can be withdrawn as a lump sum. Also, a subscriber wishing to exit from NPS before the normal retirement age or before attainment of 60 years is allowed to exit subject to the condition that a minimum of 80% of accumulated pension wealth needs to be mandatorily utilized for purchase of annuity that provides for the monthly pension to the subscriber.

Presently, withdrawal of permissible lump sum withdrawal (60%) upon exit can be deferred by the subscriber to a later date but not beyond attaining 70 years of age. This is to take care of the reasons like unfavorable Market conditions or there being no requirement of the funds at that particular time.

Due to the upheavals in the market conditions including the bond market and the swings in NAV’s of the debt funds including NPS in the recent past, feedback has been received from various stakeholders that the subscribers be given an option to defer or time the annuity purchase (subject to a minimum of 40%/80% of accumulated pension wealth as applicable) akin to the deferment option for the lump sum withdrawal that is permitted currently under NPS.

PFRDA after examining the issued has approved the “Deferment option” for the annuity purchase at the time of exit from NPS with condition that such deferment can be for a maximum period of 3 years. One can initiate the annuity purchase option at any time before lapse of 3 years from the date of such deferment, by giving an application or notice to the Central Record Keeping Agency.

If no such notice is given before the lapse of 3 years from such date of deferment, the percentage of accumulated pension wealth as provided by the subscriber in the NPS withdrawal application form (subject to a minimum of 40%/80% of accumulated pension wealth as applicable) for purchase of annuity would be automatically monetized and such amount would not earn any investment income or interest to the subscriber
thereafter.

This is for the information of all concerned. The circular has also been placed on PFRDA website at http://www.pfrda.org.in and CRA website at http://www.npscra.nsdl.co.in.

Yours faithfully,
Sd/-
Venkateswarlu Peri
General Manager
Source: http://pfrda.org.in/writereaddata/linkimages/Annuity%20Purchase%20at%20exit2395121277.pdf

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